html/css framework, what should I definitely not miss?

I’m working on a little html/css framework that I can use for most of my websites, at least to have a basis to build on. Here’s what I’ve been using so far:CSS frameworkReset.css – I use the one by Eric Meyer, www.meyerweb.com. Typography.css – All main typography styles for the site …

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html/css framework, what should I definitely not miss?

I’m working on a little html/css framework that I can use for most of my websites, at least to have a basis to build on. Here’s what I’ve been using so far:
CSS framework
Reset.css – I use the one by Eric Meyer, www.meyerweb.com.
Typography.css – All main typography styles for the site (from blueprintcss.org)
Forms.css – basic form styles (from blueprintcss.org)
Wireframe.css – Here I set up the wireframe for one, two and three columns plus a header and footer. I used the Holy Grail technique, and implemented it so that by setting a class of ‘onecolumn’, ‘twocolumns’ or ‘threecolumns’ to the container div I can switch between the three.
Basic techniques
Some techniques I have some pre-fab examples of for me to re-use in any website:
Suckerfish dropdown menus – Horizontal and vertical in various versions
Sliding Doors tabs – although I try to use CSS3 where possible
Scripting
jQuery – I try to use it as little as possible (that is, if there’s css solutions at hand, like the Suckerfish dropdown menu vs. jQ menus)
Plugins
None, yet. I looked into css3pie yesterday and it looked real promising.
Yet to look into
What I haven’t used so far but might be interesting is css and js minifiers. Also, currently I include the 5 css files mentioned above in the main.css with @import, maybe I should have them merge automatically before I upload?
Also there’s CSS grid systems of course. I never got the hang of those, but maybe I should give it another try. I know the 960 grid is very popular, but I’m not sure if I want to use classes purely for markup (grid_4, column_5, etc.) To me it’s a bit like to make a text red, that’s just as bad as using inline style.
Anyway, this is just a basic setup and there’s plenty of problems in websites that are not yet incorporated in this framework. So, what should I really check out to improve my framework? (HTML5 and CSS3 welcome, no flash please :P )
Suggestions
I’ll make a list here of suggestions made below that I’ll check out.
HTML5 Boilerplate
IE 7/8/9.js
Modernizr

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I highly recommend the HTML5 Boilerplate
HTML5 Boilerplate is the professional badass’s base HTML/CSS/JS template for a fast, robust and future-proof site.
After more than two years in iterative development, you get the best of the best practices baked in: cross-browser normalization, performance optimizations, even optional features like cross-domain ajax and flash. A starter apache .htaccess config file hooks you the eff up with caching rules and preps your site to serve HTML5 video, use @font-face, and get your gzip zipple on.
Boilerplate is not a framework, nor does it prescribe any philosophy of development, it’s just got some tricks to get your project off the ground quickly and right-footed.
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The best thing you can do is use it. That’s the only way you’re ever really going to build a framework that does everything you’re going to need. Afterall, you don’t know everything it’ll need until you actually need it.
Where I’m working we have our own PHP Framework and it’s been a contsantly changing entity where bits get added when they are required because they weren’t originally needed in the spec.
As long as you have something that works for your first project you’re underway. Just try it out, add to it when you need something, and optimise where and when you can!
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If you are looking into minifiers, you’re probably willing to run your code through some sort of build script before testing and deploying. If that’s the case, I’d suggest looking into LESS for your css: http://lesscss.org/docs
LESS is pure awesomeness.
I don’t know how much client-side scripting your projects require, but if it’s anything extensive you might want to look into using something like M4 or the C++ preprocessor to add support for includes, ifdefs, etc… this can help keep your code organized and allows you to maintain debug code that doesn’t appear in the production build. This post sort of takes that idea to an extreme, but it might give you some ideas.
Out of curiosity, what server-side language are you using?
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I can’t believe I forgot (and nobody has mentioned) fontsquirrel. I’ve used it to embed a few fonts now and it really works like a charm.
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From a performance perspective, I’d use Compass and SASS with the built in BlueprintCSS framework, it mainly takes care of all reset needs to render the same cross browser, you get to use mixins instead of inline classes for your grid. And most of all you end up with one tiny css file that loads real quick. I also use modernizr, html5boilerplate, css browser selector only with serverside php, faster rendering. If your torn between SASS and LESS, the blueprint integration with Compass+SASS is spectacular. Hope this helps!

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